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Low Heeled Shoes (Overview)

Pregnancy changes your posture and places strain on your back, often causing backaches. Some things that may help reduce backaches include wearing low-heeled shoes. Avoiding high heels in pregnancy also decreases risk of falls and injury.


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Do you think that wearing shoes with any type of heel (even a very low one) negatively effect your natural walking gait?

Do you think that wearing shoes with any type of heel (even a very low one) negatively effect your natural walking gait?

Depends.: If someone has a tight achilles tendon, then a small heel will provide a better quality gait. The phrase "natural walking" is a relative statement because walking is dependent upon many factors including bone structure, weight, etc.
There is no question hat excessively high heels cause abnormal forces on the extremities which over time can cause many potential gait problems. ...Read more

Low Heeled Shoes (Overview)

Pregnancy changes your posture and places strain on your back, often causing backaches. Some things that may help reduce backaches include wearing low-heeled shoes. Avoiding high heels in pregnancy also decreases risk of falls and injury.


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Are high heel shoes good or bad?

Are high heel shoes good or bad?

Bad: High heels increase the risk of both ankle and foot injuries. They also can exacerbate other conditions such as bunions and hammertoes. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin Dr. Balin
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Low heeled shoes (Tip)

Alternate shoes on a daily basis. For women, wear a variety of heel heights. High heels can strain. ...See more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Why do women wear high heel shoes?

Why do women wear high heel shoes?

I am a male so: You would have to ask one of them. The shoe itself looks pretty uncomfortable to me and difficult to walk in. I think it goes back to the saying "woman thy name is vanity". A short woman may want to wear them to gain height. Other reasons, to match an outfit or to to look sexy or make their legs look nicer. ...Read more

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What do high heel shoes do to affect your posture?

What do high heel shoes do to affect your posture?

Stand barefoot: Then stand with heels it becomes a little obvious. They throw your center of gravity off, they put extra pressure on the knees, they could shorten your achilles tendon.
Just try walking around without shoes for a couple of steps with your heel up in the air....It really is not a good way to walk. Looks sexy, but very impractical. ...Read more

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Low heeled shoes (Tip)

Never wear shoes that are too small - no matter how gorgeous or how low the sale price. ...See more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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Does wearing high heel shoes cause long term damage?

It can: Wearing high heels every day can result in several foot problems over time. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Low heeled shoes (Tip)

Shoes: comfort trumps style! ...See more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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Have overpronation & narrow heels of feet. How can tell if shoe heels are too wide if they feel comfortable but slip up & down a bit.

Have overpronation & narrow heels of feet. How can tell if shoe heels are too wide if they feel comfortable but slip up & down a bit.

The laces...: Your shoes can be too wide if when you tie your shoes, there is no gap between the eyes. Narrow heels are a tough battle. If your shoe slips, try using a heel grip which is a adhesive rubber pad that goes inside of the heel to take up space, or even a tongue pad. ...Read more

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4 weeks after metatarsal break I am in tennis shoe & another 4 weeks in a "regular shoe." Will I have to wear flat shoes for life? I like high heels.

4 weeks after metatarsal break I am in tennis shoe & another 4 weeks in a "regular shoe." Will I have to wear flat shoes for life? I like high heels.

Well when all is....: ...healed, U just give it a shot. Start with 1" than2" and proceed upwards Ur foot will tell U enough is enough, when U hit a height limit. Don't start out with 4" heels, U need 2 allow Ur foot 2 adjust 2 each height, so wear then 2-3 weeks, if ok step up. It is possible U won't B able 2, but only trying with a slow progression will tell. ...Read more

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Low heeled shoes (Tip)

Don't wear the same pair of shoes 2 days in a row. ...See more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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Can wearing high heel shoes be bad for your arches?

Can wearing high heel shoes be bad for your arches?

Not necessarily: Most things in excess aren't good. Most (not all) arch problems come from flattening of the arch and insufficient arch support in shoes. High heels normally provide good arch support because they don't let the arch flatten out. ...Read more

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I was standing in high heel shoes for about 20 minutes and felt really lightheaded and nauseas; why?

I was standing in high heel shoes for about 20 minutes and felt really lightheaded and nauseas; why?

Many causes: If you are dehydrated that would be a good reason to get lightneaded and nauseous. The heels could worsen it by getting you off balance. ...Read more

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Low heeled shoes (Tip)

For arch pain use a supportive shoe or orthotic to help give compression to the arch. ...See more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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What are the effects of high heel shoes on the muscles in your legs?

What are the effects of high heel shoes on the muscles in your legs?

Adaptation: Can cause muscles to conform to position of heels such as shortening achilles tendon making it difficult to wear flat shoes. This may lead to compensation which can cause numerous other conditions. ...Read more

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Are new sketcher's training shoes just as dangerous as wearing high heels or platforms?

No: Running with scissors is dangerous. Running in skechers is not. High heels and platforms are only "dangerous" in pregnancy if you fall or twist your ankle. Most people are not comfortable in them later in pregnancy, but they can't cause any real harm to moms or babies. If you are comfortable in them, go ahead and wear whatever you like. Comfort and fit are the most important features. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
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Low heeled shoes (Tip)

For heel and arch pain, try stretching your foot by rolling it over a rolling pin or a bottle. ...See more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
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Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
daily
Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
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What are the best shoe inserts for 5-inch heels that would last me for several hours? I'm attending a party, & I normally wear flats.

What are the best shoe inserts for 5-inch heels that would last me for several hours? I'm attending a party, & I normally wear flats.

Not always needed: I don't typically recommend a specific insert for heeled shoes unless a patient has specific symptoms. If there are symptoms related to the shoes, sometimes a simple over the counter cushion insert can help. More specific prescription orthotics would only be ordered as needed. ...Read more

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I've been mostly wearing heels the last few 5 6 months. I wore flat shoes a couple of days ago and it hurt after a walking/standing. What's wrong?

Changed the stress: Wearing heels over a prolonged period of time creates a muscle/tendon memory pattern- meaning these soft tissues are used to being in a certain position. Then, when you change to flats, you have put these tissues in a new and uncomfortable position. One example is the Achilles tendon area. When wearing heels, you take tension off the tendon/calf muscles, and then going to flats stretches these. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
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Low heeled shoes (Tip)

Gold bond extra strength (5% zinc oxide with salicylate) powder is a great foot and shoe deodorizer! ...See more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Is wearing high heeled shoes bad?

Depends: Depends on the height of the heel and how often you wear them and how the shoes are designed. If too high a heel then there is more stress on the ball of the foot. If it is too pointy then you will get corns calluses hammertoes and bunions. ...Read more

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Which shoes can relieve severe heel pain?

Not enough info: It's a spur in the back of heel open back shoes help like crocs. Bottom of heel it's not the shoe that helps but rather an insert to support arch. ...Read more